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West weighs risks in Iran-Saudi escalation
Jan03

West weighs risks in Iran-Saudi escalation

As the West, Europe in particular, weighs the risks emerging from the diplomatic escalation between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the possibility of an actual—armed—confrontation between the two countries is among the spectres that seem increasingly hard to dispel. Saudi Arabia is already bogged down militarily in Yemen, along with some of the more enthusiastic partners in its coalition, and has faced charges of crimes against humanity. The...

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Lawless Libya holds court on Gaddafi camp
Jul28

Lawless Libya holds court on Gaddafi camp

Libya, rendered ungovernable by NATO’s 2011 invasion and the forces unleashed in its wake, has held a trial and passed death sentences on nine of more than 30 members of Muammar al Gaddafi’s government. Gaddafi assumed power on 1 September 1969 and died in controversial circumstances on 23 August 2011 after the NATO aerial bombardments and other military interventions that caused Gaddafi’s government to unravel with...

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Turkey complicates the fight against ISIL
Jul28

Turkey complicates the fight against ISIL

Turkish diplomatic and military moves are complicating the fight against Daesh aka Islamic State, ISIL or ISIS. Today (28 July 2015) Turkey is hoping to widen European/NATO support for its military offensive in Syria whose ultimate aim remains far from clear. The Turkish attacks in Syria are seen in the West as helping the fight against ISIL. From Kurdish standpoints these attacks are aimed at crushing the Kurds. Are the Turkish hits...

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Left to rot? The pungent fruit of NATO in Libya
May10

Left to rot? The pungent fruit of NATO in Libya

Can the aftermath of NATO’s 2011 invasion of Libya get any worse? And how safe is Europe amid the heartbreak of the lottery of life that’s the Mediterranean crossing for people seeking safety and shelter? A damning new report from Amnesty International spells out what’s happening. Refugees and migrants across Libya face rape, torture and abductions for ransom by traffickers and smugglers, as well as systematic...

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UK winds up Helmand campaign
Oct26

UK winds up Helmand campaign

UK Armed Forces have ended combat operations in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, paving the way for the final transfer of security to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), the Ministry of Defence said Sunday (26 Oct 2014). As they have on the battlefield, MoD added, British troops stood shoulder-to-shoulder with colleagues from the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) to witness...

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